The Giants are bidding extremely aggressively and are expected to retain infielder Marco Scutaro, a player in which the Cardinals are reportedly interested.
According to several San Francisco area news sources as well as ESPN, the Giants have offered Scutaro $24 million over three years. That's a pretty steep price to pay for a 37-year-old second baseman.
Scutaro, who was traded last season from the Rockies to San Francisco, apparently prefers to remain with the Giants. He reportedly has promised their front office that he'll give it the right for first refusal against the top bidder for his services.
A right handed batter, Scutaro would give the Cardinals a potential short term starter at second base and an insurance policy for Rafael Furcal at short. But, with second base prospect Kolten Wong on the horizon, the Redbirds are unlikely to want to approach anything near a three-year contract for an aging middle infielder.